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Trayvon Martin did not die in vain

Trayvon Martin did not die in vain

In the age of short attention spans and mass media hopping from one story to the next, it is fairly remarkable that the shooting death of Trayvon Martin one year ago Tuesday continues to resonate amon

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  • Written by Roland Martin/CNN Contributor
  • Category: News

Voters’ rights & the Supreme Court hurdle

Voters’ rights & the Supreme Court hurdle

Kilmichael, a small town in northern Mississippi, is known to blues aficionados as the place where blues artist B.B. King first began his love affair with the guitar. To voting rights advocates, it's a place that helps spotlight the ongoing need for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), now facing a challenge to its constitutionality in a lawsuit before the Supreme Court.

The Court will hear oral arguments on the merits of Shelby County v. Holder on Wednesday. A decision will most likely be rendered in June before the court's summer recess.

"When the 2000 Census revealed that the town had become majority black for the first time, the town's all-white board of aldermen responded by simply trying to cancel all elections in order to prevent African Americans from being elected to office," explained Dale Ho, assistant counsel of the political participation group, NAACP LDF.

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  • Written by Khalil Abdullah/New America Media
  • Category: News

Five wellness tips for dads

Five wellness tips for dads

Fathers playing an active role in their children's lives, including their health and safety, can make a positive difference. According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), setting a good example is the most important way to teach children healthy behaviors.

Even if you don't share a home with your children, following healthy habits when you are together encourages them to do the same. Resources available on the NRFC website (www.fatherhood.gov) confirm that healthy fathers are more available to emotionally and financially support their children and families.

With fathers in mind, here are five wellness tips:

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The Zimmerman saga: 5 things you may have missed

The Zimmerman saga: 5 things you may have missed

February 26, 2012

That was the day two strangers – Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager walking back with Skittles and an iced tea he'd picked up at 7-Eleven, and George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida – met for the first and only time.

It's been nearly a year since Zimmerman shot Martin to death. The incident generated huge outrage across the country for months and led to a wide-ranging conversation about the state of U.S. race relations.

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  • Written by Michael Pearson and Greg Botelho/CNN
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Slavery lessons in elementary math class sparks outcry

Slavery lessons in elementary math class sparks outcry

By Laura Ly Special to CNN

(CNN) -- A math homework assignment that asked fourth grade students to tally the number of slaves on a ship has sparked outrage among parents and administrators in Manhattan. The assignment was devised by another group of students, after they apparently expressed interest in the transatlantic slave trade. It required fourth graders to calculate the remainder of those not killed by a mutiny aboard the vessel, and to determine the number of times slaves were beaten in one month.

"This is really inappropriate," student teacher Aziza Harding told CNN affiliate NY1 on Friday. "It should not be a homework assignment, and I did not want to make copies of this." Harding was asked to photocopy the assignment by another teacher, but refused because the questions made her uncomfortable and she thought it desensitized students to the horrors of slavery. The first question read: "In a slave ship, there are 3,799 slaves. One day, the slaves took over the ship. 1,897 slaves are dead. How many slaves are alive?" The second question read: "One slave got whipped five times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month (31 days)? Another slave got whipped nine times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month? How many times did the two slaves get whipped together in one month?"

The worksheet was created earlier this year by another teacher whose students were studying the history of slavery in their social studies class. During a math lesson, they were asked to create word problems on the same topic. Another teacher borrowed the worksheet before leaving for vacation, according to a statement by New York school officials.

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
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Conrad Murray ordered to meet with Katherine Jackson’s lawyers

Conrad Murray ordered to meet with Katherine Jackson’s lawyers

LOS ANGELES – A judge has ordered Dr. Conrad Murray to meet with Katherine Jackson's lawyers next month for a deposition in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live.

The lawsuit, which is set for trial in April, accuses AEG Live of causing the death of Katherine Jackson's son, Michael Jackson, by pressuring him to prepare for his 2009 comeback concerts while he was in fragile health.

The suit, filed on behalf of Michael Jackson's mother and three children, says that AEG Live executives hired and supervised Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN
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Jesse Jackson Jr., wife plead guilty to campaign-funds abuse

Jesse Jackson Jr., wife plead guilty to campaign-funds abuse

WASHINGTON – With moist eyes and soft voices, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife pleaded guilty to federal charges on Wednesday related to years of using campaign funds for personal expenses that included purchases of Michael Jackson memorabilia and a Rolex watch.

"Guilty, your honor," Jackson responded to U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins while dabbing his eyes with a handkerchief after he looked back at family members in the courtroom, including his father, civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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  • Written by Carol Cratty and Tom Cohen/CNN
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Police reach out to dead man’s mom on Facebook

Police reach out to dead man’s mom on Facebook

An Atlanta-area woman is angry after she says police used a little-known messaging feature on Facebook to contact her after her son was killed.

Anna Lamb-Creasey says it took several weeks to find a message from Clayton County police telling her to call them. The news was that her son, 30-year-old Rickie Lamb, had died after being hit by a car January 24.

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  • Written by Doug Gross/CNN
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